Do we really have to leave
02/28/2015 38 °C
February 28, 2015
We slept in a bit this morning after our exhausting day yesterday altho by the time we got up at 7:30am it was already getting hot. Our trip is almost over. This will be our last full day in Coco as we fly out tomorrow, again on a little plane, back to San Jose where we will overnight near the airport and then head for home early on Monday.
What to do on the sunny beautiful last day? When we were be driven around yesterday picking up folks at various places, most in other small communities along the coast, we got to see some of the other developed areas. We felt that if we had had a few more days we would have liked to explore the coast both north and south of here. One really would need a rental car to do that as the buses go from the center of a small town to the main road and then to the centre of the next town. What we wanted to explore was along the coast.
After breakfast and doing the write up of our day in Nicaragua we headed out along the main drag for a little last minute shopping and to absorb the atmosphere of the area one last time. When we got to beach we look a number of the restaurants right on the water but eventually went back to the out of the way beach bar we had lunch a few days earlier and drank cold beers while waiting for our food, which was a good as last time.
A slight tangent here for a rant about one of the people we met on yesterday’s trip (don’t know where this thought came from but will follow it). While this guy was a Yankee it really doesn’t make much of difference where he came from, altho he exemplifies one of the things wrong with the States. (his wife said that States were rapidly going downhill) We got to talking about where we were from and the differences between Canada and the States. Fred gave a high level overview of Canadian health care and how it works. The man from Michigan said he didn’t like “socialized medicine” and came back with a couple of stories he had heard someplace of Canadians who had died while waiting for health care but didn’t have any of the details, etc. He later stated that he never wanted to get sick in Canada because of our bad health care system. He had already been told how our system works, including emergency services, but would not let the facts get in the way of his belief system that was based on rumours and misinformation! He continued to complain that his taxes were way too high because they supported deadbeats who according to him would never work (he obviously did not understand where the vast majority of the US federal govt’ expenditures went). The problem is not that we had different political views, we can accept that, but rather that he based his beliefs on jargon and when presented with reality, denied its existence. People like he and his wife scare us because they sometimes vote!
A stroll along the beach. It was a bit busier today with locals picnicking and playing in the waves. Back to the condo for a last bit of pool time. Always sad to leave the beach, heat, and culture of Latin American. One more day…